The Data Sharing and Release Act should establish the risk-based approach to data sharing and release and accompanying institutional frameworks.

  • All non-sensitive data held by agencies and Accredited Release Authorities (ARAs) should be explicitly presumed to be made public, consistent with the Australian Government’s Public Data Policy Statement.
  • Data custodians and ARAs would be authorised to provide sensitive data to trusted users in a secure environment, with de-identification where necessary for risk management of the data.
  • The National Data Custodian should have the authority to issue guidance on how the risks of all sharing of identifiable data between entities should be managed. This guidance should be updated where it judges the risks have shifted.